Shalom College
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9 Fitzgerald Street
Bundaberg QLD 4670

Phone: 07 4155 8111

11 February 2019

Principal’s Reflection

Principal’s Reflection

Think about this for a minute!

It’s time to elect a world leader and yours in the deciding vote. There are three leading contenders –

Candidate A associates with crooked politicians, consults with astrologers, has had two mistresses, is severely disabled, chain smokes and drinks heavily.

Candidate B was kicked out of office twice, sleeps until noon, used opium at University, is an undiagnosed manic-depressive and drinks a bottle of whiskey a day.

Candidate C is a decorated war hero, vegetarian, doesn’t smoke or drink except for an occasional beer, is immensely popular with the common people and has never had an extramarital affair.

Who would you choose?

Candidate A is Franklin D. Roosevelt
Candidate B is Winston Churchill
Candidate C is Adolf Hitler

Sometimes the best candidate on paper is the worst option in reality. Happily, Jesus did not waste money on management consultants when choosing the Apostles which is the story in yesterday’s Gospel reading and also the feature of our Chapel stained glass window. Jesus plucked the Apostles from obscurity. He had one ‘epic fail’ among them and plenty of errors from the others but, overall, they ended up doing a really good job. What at least eleven of them had in spades was faith, hope and love – eventually. It took them a while to grasp what Jesus was on about and let him down more than once but they stuck at it. They all had one big thing in common that nearly all great leaders experience in their formation: a mentor who knows they are not perfect, forgives their limitations, tells them the truth, brings them back to what they are actually about, and inspires them by what he says and how he lives. Jesus asks all of us to ‘fishers of men’ by the authentic example of our lives.

2019 Inter-house Swimming will be on Monday Feb 18. This is a half day carnival for all. Year 8,9 & 11 go to Norville Pool for Periods 1 & 2. Yr 7, 10 & 12 go in the second half of the day. This is always a great day and a chance for all of our young people to participate in an activity with their House. I know that some students might prefer not to attend. I really ask for the support of parents in this. Our ‘special events’ days through the year are NOT optional extras at Shalom. If students wish to be a part of this community, they attend these days like every other day. It is always a lot of fun. Parents, please don’t be tempted to give your daughter or son an easy ticket out of school on that day – or any other!

Bishop’s In-Service Day is scheduled for Tuesday Feb 19. This will be a student free day at Shalom as teachers gather with Bishop Michael McCarthy and teachers from our four Bundaberg Catholic schools to participate in workshops on themes around Catholic Education.

Mr Dan McMahon

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Carrying On Brother’s Tradition

Last year as Brother Rochford was preparing to leave Shalom College some of the House Leaders for 2019 felt that continuing his tradition of giving out Birthday Bookmarks should be continued. Jenna and Nicola worked with Mrs Halpin to design a bookmark that carries an image of Brother and the message he would give each student on their birthday. This year as each student has their birthday one of their House Leaders will present them with a bookmark.

Samuel Brosnan from Adams House received the first bookmark of the year. Here he is receiving it from Mary-Ella Delaney and Eloise O’Driscoll.

Eloise O’Driscoll, Samuel Bronsan, Mary-Ella Delaney

Wednesday Morning Mass

Each Wednesday morning at 8am we have Mass in our beautiful chapel. Most Wednesday’s we have an RE class rostered on to share their talents reading and serving at Mass, however attending this Mass is not restricted to just when a class is rostered on. All students, parents and staff are welcome to join us on any Wednesday morning.

It is quite a short Mass, only 30 minutes, as we are limited for time but it is a wonderful opportunity to spend some time in prayer before heading into a busy day.

Mary Taylor
Assistant Principal – Mission

Term 1, 2019 Tutoring Schedule


Welcome to 2019 – The Year of the Wild Boar!
あけましておめでとうございます (Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu)

HAPPY NEW YEAR - and welcome to all our new Year 7 students! This will be an exciting period, with many of you learning Japanese for the first time. You will be learning interesting things about a different culture, an entirely new alphabet and a new way of looking at the world. This year we are very lucky to have a new member of staff teaching Junior Japanese, Mrs Nicole Anderson. Mrs Anderson comes to us with a wealth of knowledge and experience of Japan.

Learning a language enhances academic achievement in other subjects. By learning a new language, you will learn more about English, which will help strengthen your literacy skills. You will also learn to use parts of your brain that would otherwise be under-utilised. It’s all very exciting!

2019 is the Year of the Pig, or the Wild Boar – the last of the twelve animals that make up the zodiac used by both China and Japan – and if you were born in 2007, you were also born in the Year of the Wild Boar. This means you are enthusiastic, energetic and always enjoy life.

During the Christmas holidays 17 of our amazing Language students travelled to Japan. The tour was jam packed with all things Japan. Please enjoy viewing our photo gallery.

Junior Japanese

The Year 7 and 8 Japanese classes have started 2019 off with lots of colour and fun. Students began the term designing and decorating their own kokeshi doll. The words and colours used on their Japanese paper doll represents something unique about each student. The dolls look fantastic and the personal touches add colour and happiness to our Japanese room. Students are fast becoming Hiragana experts (one of three Japanese alphabets) and are enjoying playing ‘Sensei Says’ to learn their Japanese classroom instructions. Whilst learning about fun topics such as the Hiragana alphabet, numbers, colours, greetings and food, students will have lots of games and challenges to complete that will help motivate them to study hard in order to be THE SHOOSHA (Winner)!!!

Nicole Anderson
Japanese Teacher

Quiet Achiever

The ‘Quiet Achiever’ Award this week is shared amongst the over 300 new members of the Shalom community, particularly the 270 Year 7 students who successfully ‘survived’ their first full five-day week at the college. No doubt, many were tired and exhausted by the end of the week and welcomed the two-day weekend break.

It is a challenging proposition for the young students to be immersed in the ‘vibrant’ and ‘bustling’ Shalom College community, particularly those that have come from smaller Primary schools where they were the ‘leaders’ and familiar with their surroundings. To have to find their way through the mass of students to classrooms spread over a large campus each lesson, combined with the navigation of a new timetable and ensuring they have the correct books, is not easy. Added to this is the complexity of new subjects to learn, new teachers and classmates to get to know, and the extra challenge of completing Homework that is due the next lesson, whenever that may fall on their timetable.

So, well done to all of our ‘quiet achievers’ - may the challenges you face get easier as each week goes by and you begin to feel more ‘at home’ as valued members of the Shalom community.

Steve McKay
Learning Enhancement Teacher

Sporting Achievments

2019 - Shalom College After School Activities (SCASA)

Shalom College is offering students the opportunity to participate in organised after school activities conducted by coaches and teachers.

SCASA also includes a light afternoon tea from 3.15 pm for the students and all activities will conclude at 4.45 pm.


Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays are the 4 available afternoons for SCASA.

(Fridays is not offered due to student fatigue and early departure for weekends affecting attendance)


SCASA commences in Week 2 of each Term and continues for 8 continuous weeks of each Term.


3.00 pm - School lessons completed.
3.15 pm - Roll Call and afternoon tea (supplied) at College tuck shop and set up time for coaches
3.30 pm - Activities/ Coaching starts (various venues within school grounds)
4.30 pm - Activities/ Coaching finished
4.45 pm - Students help pack up and return equipment and picked up by parents at school.


The SCASA Fee is $20.00 per term for students ( to be placed on the student account - to pay later)

This is to help cover the afternoon tea and instructors/coach costs.

This flat fee of $20.00 is for one, two, three or all four afternoons activities.

This is to encourage participation in many SCASA activities.

Activities - see below.


Option 1 - Dance with Alisa Boisen (Dance Studio)
Option 2 - ABC’S with Ben Porter (Oval)*
Option 3 - Basketball with Kylie Giles (SC or Hangar)


Option 1 - Dance with Maddy Batt (Dance Studio)
Option 2 - Cricket with Vince Habermann (Oval and/or Cricket Nets)


Option 1 - Triathlon training with Rebecca Jenner ( Oval and or Gym)


Option 1 - Cross Country Club with Mat Grills (Oval)
Option 2 - Tennis with Brendan Maher (Tennis Courts)
Option 3 - Football/Soccer with Paul Ash and Madison Masterman-Smith (Oval)

*ABC’S = Agility, Balance, Coordination and Speed activities in a fun game centred friendly atmosphere.

Other school sporting teams will continue to have their own training sessions as usual under the direction of their coaches e.g Strength and Conditioning training, Rugby League, Netball, Touch Football etc. This program is designed to give extra opportunities for Shalom College students to become involved in physical activities after school.

Please complete the student and parent details in the google form below

REMINDER - no confirming phone calls are made by the school to confirm you are in the program - as once you sign on and you receive a online response - your child has been registered and please turn up starting week 2. Once an activity is full - I will omit it from the selections below - so it cannot be selected.

Peter Robinson
Student Welfare

Do you have a child aged 5-17 who lives in Queensland?

Would your child like to participate in Sport?

Are you a Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card holder?

You can apply for up to $150 for your child's sport or active recreation participation.

Visit the link below and follow the link 'for parents and kids' or call 13 74 68 to find out more.

Get Started Vouchers are part of the Queensland Government's Get in the Game initiative.

Round 13 will open for application on 6 February 2019

In to social media? Please share the Get Started Vouchers Facebook Post with your friends

Year 8 Camp Schedule

School Photo Day – Tuesday 12 February

All students will receive an order envelope from their House Coordinator/PC Teacher during Week 2. The order envelopes are printed uniquely for each student. The order and payment instructions to students and parents can be found on the envelopes. Spare envelopes for new enrolments can be collected directly by the students from Student Reception.

IMPORTANT: Every student must present their envelope directly to the photographers on photo day, even if not purchasing a photo. These photos will also be used for the 2019 Student IDs.

Please note, the ‘composite group’ option includes composite photos of all the students in the same year level as your student.

If you would like a photo of siblings together (that are currently enrolled at Shalom) you may order a ‘Family photo’. These order envelopes are to be collected directly from our Front Office or Student reception prior to photo day.

All students to wear the full formal uniform including the School Tie (for our male students)

The ‘catch up Photo day’ is now on Wednesday 20 February (moved from 18 February)

This day is a second opportunity for students that missed School photo day due to Camp or unplanned absence.


We are delighted to kick the year off with 24 students undertaking TAFE courses in Electrotechnology, Automotive, Salon Assistant, Health Support Services and Tourism as well as 14 students involved in school based traineeships and apprenticeships. We are also excited to continue the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education & Care course, delivered here at the College by Mrs Jody Richter, with 20 students enrolled this year.

CQ University – SUN (Start Uni Now) Program

SUN is a CQ University initiative that gives you the opportunity to get a head start with university study. SUN provides you with an insight into university life and helps you understand the expectations of studying at a tertiary level. This will help you prepare for the transition from high school to university. After successful completion of SUN you may be eligible for direct entry into CQ University.

For more information on the SUN Program contact the Pathways Office or go to the link below.

The 2019 term dates are as follows, with Term 1 applications closing soon:

Term 1

11 March-7 June

Applications Due 15 February

Term 2

15 July – 11 October

Applications Due 21 June

Term 3

11 November – 14 February 2020

Applications Due 18 October

Mrs Liza O’Donnell
Pathways Coordinator

Instrumental Music

Rehearsals – all groups are in full swing with rehearsals and thank you to students for arriving on time for the early 7.30am starts. If your child/ren are unable to attend a rehearsal, please send an email to the conductor or to myself and I will forward it on.

Choir - if students who wish to sing in the choir missed the first rehearsal, all is not lost. Please either let me know or just turn up on Monday morning in the PAP theatre at 7.25am for a 7.30am start. We are particularly looking for more boys with changed voice for tenor and bass parts.

Instrumental lessons - students, please write your lesson times in your diaries and be prompt in attending your lesson on time. Please contact me if you would like to learn to play and instrument or sing. There are limited vacancies for most instruments including voice and a waiting list for piano at the moment.

Concerts – first concert for the year will be a Senior Jazz Band lunchtime concert scheduled for Thursday 21 March followed by the Autumn concert scheduled for Wednesday 27 March in the PAP theatre starting at 7.00pm. Most groups will be performing.

Do not hesitate to contact me for any query in relation to the Instrumental Music Department.

Mrs Robyn Edgar
Instrumental Music Coordinator


Queensland Youth Parliament

The YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament (QYP) is a unique opportunity for youth to create real change in Queensland. Members are the voice of young people in their electorates, advising politicians and decision-makers across the state. The program provides opportunity for personal development, be that in leadership skills, public speaking ability or the lifelong friendships forged throughout the trans-formative experience. All those aged 15-25, with a passion for change, are encouraged to nominate now! Nominations close on the 17th of February. For more information visit the YMCA youth parliament website.

Shalom Facebook Page

For existing and new parents to the College, please follow our Facebook pages to stay up to date with everything Shalom!

Uniform Shop


ORDERS are now being taken for NAVY JACKETS at the Uniform Shop. Sample sizes are available Sizes 8-20. Payment of $60 would be appreciated at the time of order. Delivery time for Jackets is 12 weeks.

Limited excess stock will be ordered, to ensure delivery prior to cooler weather. Orders need to be placed no later than Thursday 28 February 2019.

Limited stock available in store now, sizes available are 6, 8, 10, 16, 18 and 20.

NOTE: Due to the large number of Navy Jackets required at the College, orders will be given priority. To avoid disappointment please ensure that you have ordered and paid for your Jacket prior to Thursday 28 February.

Students are required to wear ONLY the College Red Jumper and/or the Navy Jacket.


Orders are now being taken at the uniform Shop for the Shalom College Zootie. To order your Zootie, you are required to provide your height and weight for correct sizing. Limited pre-loved Zoot Suits are available.

P & F

P & F AGM Tuesday 5 March 2019

Tuckshop Menu

Tuckshop Roster

12 February

Help Needed

13 February

Help Needed

14 February

Merna Cook

15 February

Help Needed

18 February

Help Needed

19 February

Help Needed

20 February

Help Needed

21 February

Merna Cook

22 February

Help Needed

Shalom Sunday Markets

New Stallholders Welcome – Please contact Peter Barone 0438 446 269

Markets Tuckshop Roster

Sunday 17 February 2019

6:00am – 9:30am

Carol Barrazza

Lisa Christensen

Brenda Jay

9:00am – 12:30pm

Chris Dennien

Maria McMahon

Jacqueline Read

Sue Sargent

Markets BBQ Roster

Sunday 17 February

Europe Trip

P Allen & P McKewon

Sunday 24 February

Duke of Edinburgh

D Bishop

Sunday 3 March


M Pearson

Sunday 10 March

Edmund Rice Camp

M Taylor

Community Notice Board

Celebrating 100 Years of Bundaberg Christian Brothers

Celebration Dinner – 6:30pm Saturday 23 February at Brothers Sports Club - $45pp (RSVP and Payment required to Shalom College by 18 February)

Parish Mass – 8am Sunday 24 February at Holy Rosary Church (No RSVP Required).

For payment and RSVP please see link to invitation;

All welcome!

The Catholic Parish of Bundaberg – News

Vocal Affinity

IWC Dental

Breast Screen Queensland

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